Adam Roberts

Author of Jack Glass

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Adam Roberts is Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature in English at Royal Holloway, University of London as well as a science fiction writer and critic. His debut novel, Salt (2000), was nominated for the Clark award. His Palgrave History of Science Fiction was published in 2006, and a second revised edition appeared in 2016.

His fiction is generally stand alone; the cliff-hanging On (2001), the far-future set Stone (2002), the odd solar system of Polystom (2003), and the climatic apocalypse The Snow (2004) building a much admired body of work before the multi-generational thriller Gradisil (2006) saw a second Clark nomination, with a third for Yellow Blue Tibia (2009) a tale of post WWII Soviet Union. The whodunnit Jack Glass (2011) won the BSFA Best Novel in 2012 and Rave and Let Die: The SF and Fantasy of 2014 won Best Non-Fiction in 2015. The Real-Town Murders (2017) began a near future private detective series continued with By the Pricking of Her Thumb (2018) and he wrote Haven (2018) the second installment of Tales of the Aftermath following Dave Hutchinson’s Shelter (2018). He himself considers his best novel to be The Thing Itself (2015).

He has written many science fiction parodies mainly as A R R R Roberts; The Soddit, The Sellamillion, The Matrix Derided (by the Robertski Brothers), Star Warped, and Doctor Whom, or ET Shoots and Leaves. Pervigilium Finneganis is his translation of Finnegans Wake into Latin. 

In 2018 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He is Vice-President of the H G Wells Society, and his most recent book is H G Wells: a Literary Life (2019). Forthcoming are the non-fiction It's The End of the World and his next novel, The This, expected in February 2021.